The Rocking The Daisies hype is reaching a booming climax. While you are busy packing your flower dresses and summer sandals, let’s get to know Nic Gaud and Simon Ackerman from Kings Down South better. This dynamic duo has managed to cause major waves in a very short time with their Dub-Electro music. We can’t wait to see them perform live Friday 2 October 2015 at 19:00 on the Hemp Stage.
Will this be your first ever RTD – attending or playing?
No, we've played RTD with our other band, 7th Son, four or five times before, but this will be our first time with Kings Down South. Headlining the Main Stage (like we have done with 7th Son) is certainly a great experience, but hopefully this year we'll create a new favourite memory.
What is the best compliment you have ever received about your music?
Being a new act in its first year, we've been overwhelmed with positive responses, but the best compliment so far was being told we were the festival organisers’ favourite act at this year’s Splashy Fen festival in the Drakensberg. Considering the strength of the line-up, I think that was a pretty big thing to say.
What can RTD festival goers expect from your performance?
We'll be performing all the tracks from our debut album ‘Lost in the Fire’, as well as a couple of new tracks. We love playing live and interacting with the audience. Peeps can expect a big bass, heavy sound with an energetic performance to get you moving on the dance floor.
Do you guys have any weird or interesting backstage pre-performing rituals that you can share with us?
Nothing too weird really, just the normal warm up routines on our instruments. We generally keep to ourselves and mentally prepare for the show. A few cold beers and we are good to go.
Which South African act are you most excited to see perform live at RTD and why?
There are quite a few, but mostly 340ml, The Hogs & The Rudimentals, as it’s been a while since we have all been on a festival line-up together representing SA ska/punk/reggae. Other acts we are very excited to see, include aking, Grassy Spark, Felix Laband, Jeremy Loops, Jack Parow, Haezer, PH Fat, Sibot & Toyota and Thor Rixon.
Which international act are you most excited to see perform live at RTD and why?
We've always been big fans of The Cat Empire, so we are really looking forward to see them. Milky Chance should also be rad.
How do you intend to rock your daisies at the festival?
We intend to dub all the daisies loud and hard, haha.
Do you have any camping tips/advice for first-time campers this year?
Know where you tent is... And take water and sunblock!